10 Wellness Trends That Are Going to Be Huge in 2017
Despite all of 2016's not-so-positive points, the catapulting of healthy living into the forefront of our consciousness is definitely something to celebrate. We sipped on matcha and green juice on the daily, finally made meditation an actual thing and made getting a few extra Z's a serious priority. So what does the health and wellness world have in store for us next? Here, we're sharing 10 of our favorite trends that are about to blow up in 2017.
1. Wellness Escapes
Gone are the days when vacay simply meant kicking back on the beach with a good book and refreshing umbrella drink in hand. Wellness vacations are on the rise, promising to renew both body and mind and send you back into reality feeling ready to take on the world. And they're not just geared towards getting fit either — expect to find cutting-edge mind-body therapies, advanced skincare treatments and meditation classes.
Fact: Stress can do a serious number on our health, but adaptogens are here to help. Adaptogens are group of plants known for their ability to heal the adrenal system, ultimately helping your bod cope with stress. They've been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries, and can used to tackle everything from improving sleep, reducing anxiety and giving your skin an anti-aging boost. Sounds good, right? These are the plants to look out for: ashwaganda, astragalus, maca, rhodiola and ginseng.
3. Yin Yoga
Another way to beat stress? Getting your namaste on. But instead of hitting up power yoga or ashtanga class, cultivate balance and renewal with a soothing yin practice. Unlike a dynamic, yang class, a yin consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body.The practice has a strong focus on meditation and works to strengthen and stretch stiff connective tissues. It's a great addition to any regular yoga practice and boasts a myriad of benefits for athletes and those who like to stay active.
The humble mushroom is having its 15 minutes of fame. The superfood has long been used medicinally in Russia, China and Japan, and forms the base of many modern pharmaceuticals. But the current buzz around mushrooms lies within its potential protect and detox the body from toxins we encounter on the regular. Some varieties, like Chaga, can help fight pathogens and lower inflammation, while lion's mane is said to have properties that can protect the brain and nervous system. And no — you don't have to whip up a batch of stroganoff to reap the fungi's many benefits. More and more companies are dreaming up unique ways to incorporate mushrooms into their products, like Moon Juice's Vanilla Protein Mushroom Shake.
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Why go out when you can enjoy a cozy night in? Kickin' it at home is the new going out, putting the bar and the dance floor on the back burner. But the trend goes so far beyond Netflix and chill — more and more we're seeing abodes transforming into Insta-worthy scenes, and putting more time and effort into creating a cozy and chic space.
6. Sober Soirees
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Hangovers suck— period—and they get in the way of that killer health and wellness routine you've finally gotten down pat. Green juice, gym, chill, repeat. Lucky for you, the party scene is starting to sober up, with more and more mocktails making their way onto bar menus and booze-free social gatherings popping up on the scene. For your next big bash or brunch or dinner party, skip the booze all together and offer up a few inspired alcohol-free drinks, like Half Baked Harvest's golden glow water. We doubt anyone will even miss it.
7. Detoxing Your Beauty Routine
The whole detox idea has moved well beyond diet and made its way into your beauty bag. Women and men are now scrutinizing the labels on their skincare and beauty products like they would food labels, which has ultimately revolutionized the beauty industry. High quality natural and organic products are popping up almost every day and big-time retailers like Sephora and Target are expanding their clean beauty offerings. What's more, government regulation of cosmetics is under serious consideration, and if the Personal Care Products Safety Act is passed next year, the Food & Drug Administration will have the authority to evaluate skin-care ingredients for safety.
8. Designer Health Tonics
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If you're a strong supporter of kombucha, this next wellness trend will be right up your alley. This latest crop of ultra-healthy beverages will change the way you hydrate. Boosting energy, improving sleep and delivering OMG-worthy hair, these functional drinks do it all. This new health craze likely comes in response to more and more people turning to ancient and natural remedies to cure modern-day maladies, and shows now sign of slowing down. The brands you need to know? Rebbl, Dirty Lemon and Torii Lab.
9. Avocado Oil
Sorry, coconut oil — it's time to share the spotlight. Your avocado obsession is about to achieve whole new levels, thanks to avocado oil. Rich in oleic acid, monounsaturated fats, antioxidants, magnesium and vitamins D,E and A, this natural elixir is the pantry staple you didn't even know you needed. Bonus: Some studies have shown that avocado oil has the ability to improve cell functioning, and may even help reduce the symptoms of arthritis and gum disease. Sign us up!
10. Flotation Therapy
Feeling stressed? This new health trend just might float your boat. Fancy float studios — like Pause in Los Angeles — are taking the wellness scene by storm. Flotation therapy is the practice of entering an enclosed tub or sensory deprivation tank and, well, floating in 10 inches of clean, warm water blended with epsom salts. Float sessions have been proven to reduce anxiety and depression, as improving sleep quality. The new crop of float studios are creating a glamorous, spa-like experience with chic interior design, guided meditation and fresh-pressed juices and teas.